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Donald Freeborn

Admitted to:

RAF Manston SSQ.

Date of Injury:

20/10/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

22

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Hit by enemy flak in a Lancaster on ops.

Transferred to QVH:

02/11/1944

Injuries:

Flak wound to left thigh.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

2



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Donald

Surname:

Freeborn

Service No:

J35289

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

DFC

Patient Unit:

153 Sqn

Profession:

Pilot

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

---

Age at Death:

---

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

During the night of 19 October 1944, Freeborn was flying a bombing run over Stuttgart. His plane was hit by flak causing injuries to his left side, the bomb doors to fail to close and one of the engines to be shut down by the Flight Engineer. Flying at low altitude, for better fuel efficiency and oxygen, they manage to return to RAF Manston, with Freeborn treating his injuries as he piloted. He was treated on base, before being taken to QVH.

Freeborn returned to his squadron after his treatment was complete. On his fourth trip, his plane was shot down by a night fighter, though he and his crew survived and returned to the squadron.

Glossary:

SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'McIndoe's Army' By Edward Bishop.
'The Wink That Shaped My Career', Don Freeborn, DFC, The Guinea Pig, January 2000, p. 21-4.
'The Death of a German Raider', Donald Freeborn, The Guinea Pig, July 2000, pp. 18-21.
'The Concluding Part of Don Freeborn's 'The Death of a German Raider'', Don Freeborn, The Guinea Pig, January 2001, pp. 18-21.

References:

'How I Became a Guinea Pig', Don Freeborn, The Guinea Pig, July 1993, pp. 22-3.